Jerome Choco’s Transposition II
The Musician is Present
text by Karl Castro
In music, to transpose is to shift a melody to another key, without changing its overall structure. In Transposition, Jerome Choco recasts iconic scenes in works by the Old Masters, restaging them as minute moments in the lives of band members, himself included: cleaning instruments, resting, youthful buffoonery. In doing so he transposes music to visual arts, Orient to Occident, present to past, emerging to canonical. Semblances of structure and mood remain recognizable, but the meaning is transformed. Like new lyrics to familiar refrains, Choco makes the canvas sing a song he has transposed in various ways to suit his voice and story.